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>> tonight, the olympics in the cross hairs. the russian are hunting for a terrorist known as a black widow who may try to sabotage the sochi games. mark phillips reports on the threats. here it comes again! a new round of snow and frigid weather. meteorologist eric fisher tells us how bad it's going to get. ambassador caroline kennedy blasts dolphin hunting in japan, calling it inhumane. seth doane on the growing controversy. >> one, two, three, four! dooubs and michelle miller introduces us to a music teacher who was nominated for a grammy for helping troubled kids find their voice. >> you never give up? >> no, never, never, never. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> dubois: good evening, scott is off tonight, i'm maurice dubois. russia and the u.s. are taking action tonight after new terror threats were made against the winter olympics cbs news has learned russian investigators are looking around sochi for the widow of an islamic militant who was killed last year. the woman has vowed revenge. david martin has confirmed the u.s. military has plans to put transport planes in european bases on alert and is deploying two navy ships to the black sea in case americans need to be evacuated. mark fill plips who will cover the games for us begins our coverage. >> reporter: russian police are looking for this woman, ruzana ibragimova, a so-called black widow whose islamic militant husband was killed by security forces last year. they've described posters of her fearing she may be in sochi as part of a terror plot. the opening ceremony for the
olympics may be less than three weeks away, but as the torch relay moves closer and anticipation rises, so does the threat level. the flame was carried through volgograd today, about 600 miles from sochi. the same city where a double bomb attack last month killed more than 30 people. now another threat in the form of a video has emerged from the group that's admitted carrying out those attacks. it purports to show the suicide bombers and a bomb being prepared and it threatens russian president vladimir putin and any tourists who go to sochi with what it calls a present. putin himself is talking and acting tough. "if we show we are afraid" he told a group of reporters "we will encourage a group of those terrorists in attaining their goals." "the job of the olympic host is to ensure security" he said. "we will do whatever it takes."
what it's taken lately is this: russian security forces moving in over the weekend on what they say was a gang of terrorists operating in dagestan, one of the regions in southern russia not far from sochi where militants are trying to establish a breakaway islamic state. the russians say seven jihadists were killed in this operation. holding the olympics in the unsettle security conditions of russia's southern caucusus was always going to produce worries over safety and as the games approach, maurice, and despite the ring of steel the russians say they've established around sochi, the fears are increasing. >> dubois: mark phillips in london tonight. thank you. mike morell is the former deputy director of the c.i.a. and is now a cbs news contributor. he joins us from washington. mike, with all this reporting we're getting, how big would you say the terrorist threat is at the sochi olympics? >> i think this is the biggest threat we've seen to any olympics in quite some time. the terrorists there are
motivated, they are determined and they are capable of, as we have seen in the past several weeks, i think we not only have to worry about sochi itself but we have to worry about other cities in russia, particularly places where westerners might gather during the olympics. either way, in sochi or elsewhere in russia would be a big success for these terrorists. >> dubois: on another topic here yesterday lawmakers in the house and senate intelligence committee suggested that edward snowden may have more ties to russia than we first thought. so what can you add to that? >> no strong evidence, but he's viewed to be suspicious. during his travels there were a couple of incidents, one in particular, that i can't go into in detail but that really raised questions about his ties to russian intelligence. those are being investigated. and, maurice, i also know how good russian intelligence is and i know how they would want to
get their hands on him and their goal would be exactly what we are seeing today: damage to u.s. intelligence. >> dubois: okay, something to watch. mike morell, thank you very much tonight. >> you're welcome. >> dubois: tonight in omaha, nebraska, crews are sifting through the rubble of an animal feed plant. there was an explosion and partial collapse this morning. a number of workers were injured some were killed. dean reynolds that has latest. >> reporter: there were at least 38 employees in the international nutrition plant when something caused a section of the roof to cave in. jamar white ran for his life. >> i just heard a crack, pop, and a big ball of fire and i was in the back and i just took off running as soon as i heard the first crack. >> reporter: omaha interim fire chief bernie kanger. >> there are fatalities. we are not going to release the number of those fatalities at this time simply because we have not had the opportunity to clear the entire structure. >> reporter: the plant manufactures food and medicine for livestock. >> our crews operated in extreme
risk, a very hazardous situation and we had individuals rescuing people from different portions of the structure that had collapsed. >> reporter: authorities said that in addition to those who lost their lives, at least four people were admitted in critical condition to area hospitals with injuries involving burns and smoke inhalation. now, the cause of the incident is still under investigation, maurice, and the search for any additional victims is still under way. >> dubois: dean reynolds, thank you. tonight, a new blast of winter weather is moving down from canada. temperatures already plummeting in the upper midwest and the northeast is bracing for snow. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at wbz, our cbs station in boston. eric, how bad is it going to get this time? >> reporter: maurice, bitter cold in the core fast again, similar to what we saw earlier in january, not quite as bad but cold enough. high subzero in minneapolis, when you compare it to average--
and this is the coldest time of year-- 24 degrees below average in minneapolis, tomorrow 31 below average in chicago. in boston looking 159 below average. certainly not comfortable air, plus we've got a snowstorm to track. by tomorrow evening snow anywhere from boston through new york across new jersey and down toward d.c. it will work its way up the eastern sea board as we head through tomorrow night and wrap up towards wednesday morning so travel disruptions will be a part of this. in terms of total snow, not enormous but big enough for disruption. 6 to 12 in boston, d.c. hasn't had a two-inch snowstorm in the city in three years. it's been a long time coming. >> dubois: eric fisher in boston for us tonight, thank you. today americans paid tribute to dr. martin luther king, jr. thousands celebrated his life and legacy at rallies and parades across the country. in washington, a wreath was laid at the king monument on the national mall. president obama and his family went to a soup kitchen as part of a national day of service.
over the weekend, the president entered the debates over marijuana use. in an interview with the "new yorker" magazine, mr. obama, who's written about smoking marijuana in his youth said "i don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." he did call it a vice and said "smoking pot is not something i encourage and i've told my daughter i think it's a bad idea." the president urged caution in changing marijuana laws. today new jersey's governor chris christie and his administration fired back against new claims that the governor tried to strong arm a mayor. elaine quijano is following this. >> reporter: dawn zimmer, the democratic mayor of hoboken, new jersey, says it was back in may of last year that she received an ultimatum from new jersey lieutenant governor kim guadagno a member of governor christie's inner circle. >> she pulled me aside and said we've got to move forward with the rockefeller project. this project is really important to the governor. and she said she had been with him on friday night and that this was a direct message from
the governor. >> reporter: zimmer says the administration threatened to withhold superstorm sandy funds from her city if she did not comply with the development project backed by the rockefeller group, a new york-based real estate firm. today, lieutenant governor kim guadagno vehemently denied the accusation. >> any suggestion-- any suggestion-- that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> reporter: governor christie is already under fire for allegations that a senior staff member and political ally shut down access lanes leading to the george washington bridge as political payback against another mayor-- mark sokolich of fort lee. governor christie has denied any involvement. mayor zimmer says she met with the u.s. attorney's office in new jersey over the weekend. the u.s. attorney's office is not commenting. maurice, tomorrow governor
christie will be sworn in for a second term. >> dubois: elaine quijano, thank you. talks to end syria's civil war are due to begin later this week in geneva. human rights groups estimate 1380,000 syrians have died since an uprising broke out against the assad regime. tonight, though, syria's problems threaten the peace talks. margaret brennan is at the state department for us tonight. margaret? >> well, maurice, those talks between the western-backed syrian rebels and the asam regime were in jeopardy hours ago after u.n. secretary general ban ki moon invited then disinvited iran which is syria's main patron and arms supplier. iran has refused to agree to a road map that would lead to president assad's exit. the rebels who had threatened to withdraw in protest over iran have now said they will attend these talks. >> dubois: margaret, what are the expectations for these peace talks? they don't sound real high.
>> the expectations would be hard to set any lower. the u.s. views simply getting the rebels and the regime to talk to each other as a diplomatic achievement in itself but the assad regime has said it only plans to discuss what it calls terrorism and the u.s. and others have asked them to at least allow for the delivery of medicine and food to starving civilians as a good will gesture. >> dubois: margaret brennan at the state department tonight. thank you. researchers are testing a revolutionary treatment for multiple sclerosis. ambassador caroline kennedy has harsh words for japan's dolphin hunt. and a seattle sea hawk explains his post-game rant when the "cbs evening news" continues. egg whites proteid and savory roasted turkey for breakfast. or power up your lunch with antibiotic-free chicken and our flavorful cilantro jalapeno hummus. power bowls from panera bread - power up today.
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run over the pod with skiffs. they wrestle them, man handle them into captive nets before even being slaughtered. >> reporter: ambassador caroline kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the i humaneness. the natural resources manager for the prefecture, or county, of japan where this hunt is taking place told us the rebuke from ambassador kennedy came as a surprise and they are taking it seriously. but he also said despite international outrage, this dolphin hunt will continue. supporters in small fishing ill ladges say hunting dolphin for meat is a long standing cultural tradition. but conservation groups claim it's about supplying the aquarium industry. this rare albino caught last week could fetch half a million dollars from a marine park or aquarium. in america, it's illegal to import animals sourced from drive hunts. sea world told us today they stopped acquiring such dolphins
in 1993. but there's still plenty of demand from outside the u.s. seth doane, cbs news, tokyo. >> dubois: super bowl 48 is debt. the denver broncos and seattle sea hawks will meat in new jersey to battle for the n.f.l. title in just under two weeks. seattle's appearance was decided in the final seconds of last night's game against san francisco in a game-saving deflection by the corner back, richard sherman. but then he was penalized for unsportsman like behavior after the play and went on a rant in a post-game interview. >> i'm the best coroner the game! when you try me with a starting receiver, that's wh t result you're going to get. don't you ever talk about me! >> dubois: sherman today insisted he's not a villain but said his behavior was "loud, in the moment and just a small part of the person i am." there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but doctors hope a
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taking us tonight. we're going inside the trial and approval process for an experimental treatment for m.s.. >> reporter: 11 years ago, megan quinn had just got married and was the picture of health. >> i used to run five miles a day. all of a sudden on my third mile i started dragging my foot. i didn't understand, i thought okay, i'm getting old and tired. i was 27 years old. but nothing ever occurred to me something was wrong. >> reporter: the diagnosis was multiple sclerosis. the multiple sclerosis-- or m.s. is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself and damages myelin, the protective covering surrounding nerve cells. with that insulation compromises the nerves deteriorate and can cause a wide range of symptoms including visual problems, fatigue and weakness. >> for the past year i've had it -- a really bad time with this disease. >> reporter: in what way? >> my hip not working. one night i woke up and i couldn't feel either of my legs.
right now my biggest problem is my hamstring. i cannot get my hamstring to pop right when i have to walk. see it shakes. >> reporter: i see that. current treatments only try to stop progression of the disease. megan is about to test a new approach using stem cells designed to actually make m.s. patients better. stem cells can be morphed into any cell in the body. patients like megan have bone marrow removed and the stem cells are then changed to the kind of stem cells found in the brain and spinal cord. those cells will then be injected directly into the spinal cord. the hope is they will repair the insulation and perhaps even the wires underneath. dr. saud sadiq of tisch multiple sclerosis center of new york is leading the research. this is the very first time in history that somebody is doing exactly what you're doing. does this frighten you at all? >> it's something that we have to do. i think we have to take these steps because everything else we have done hasn't worked.
>> reporter: later this month, megan is scheduled to become the first of 20 m.s. patients to be treated this way. the primary goal is to find out if the pro said your is safe, but megan is hoping for much more. >> i just want to be able to not be looked at all the time as -- you know, with oh, she has m.s. i don't want puppy dog eyes, i want to just be able to be the best mom, play with my children and i'm going to be there. i'm not going to let it beat me. >> reporter: we'll be following megan quinn and the other patients in this trial as they progress through three possible phases. phase one is a test for safety. two and three look for effectiveness in increasing numbers of patients. if all goes right, it would still be years before f.d.a. approval. >> dubois: we wish them best. dr. jon lapook, thank you. a european spacecraft on a mission to chase down a comet phoned home today. they jumped for joy in the control room in germany when they got the call. the rosetta probe was powered
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>> dubois: we end tonight's broadcasts with a first at next sunday's grammys. a teacher will be honored with a new award: the music educator award. michelle miller introduces us to one very deserving nominee. ♪ dona nobis pacem ♪ >> reporter: she has been teaching school in westminster, vermont. here children who have had trouble at home or in school are sent here for a fresh start. >> they're kids who have been abused and neglected. they come in here angry and the first thing they don't want to do is music. >> i came here with an eye to, no, i don't want to be here. >> reporter: an orphan from ethiopia, 12-year-old emebet stott was adopted by an american
family but says she never fit in. >> i was so beaten down and, like, so insecure about myself i didn't know if i should open up. that's when ms. bianconi talked to me. she was like the mother i never had. >> reporter: you never give up? >> no. no. never, never, never give up. these kids have all been given up in a lot of different areas. my role as a teacher here is to come in everyday like it's the first day, positive energy, give these kids 100%. >> reporter: all 102 students here are required to take two hours of music a day, join the choir and play at least one instrument. bianconi believes music gives them an emotional connection and a sense of accomplishment. honor roll student crystal lounge was failing in public school when she got here. >> i was considered different, i guess, and i didn't understand and i was just kind of angry at the world like why do people
treat me this way? >> reporter: the 13-year-old said she was bullied because her parents are deaf. ♪ oh, deep in my heart-- >> reporter: bianconi helped her find the voice no one else could hear. >> no one could hear me. >> reporter: she heard you. >> she could hear me. >> reporter: despite knowing what she's done for them, the students were amazed that their music teacher was nominated for a grammy award. >> there's never gonna be something good enough to repay her for what she does. even just a grammy, she's bigger than that. >> reporter: a winner already for helping thousands of students find their rhythm in class and in life. michelle miller, cbs news, westminster, vermont. (applause) >> dubois: and there's more on the grammys tomorrow on cbs "this morning." and that is the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley i'm maurice dubois in new york. thanks for joining us, have a good night.
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